1 Kings 21
Ahab being denied Naboth's vinyard is grieved.
1 Kings 21:1 And it cometh to pass, after these things, a vineyard hath been to Naboth the Jezreelite, that [is] in Jezreel, near the palace of Ahab king of Samaria, 1 Kings 21:2 and Ahab speaketh unto Naboth, saying, 'Give to me thy vineyard, and it is to me for a garden of green herbs, for it [is] near by my house, and I give to thee in its stead a better vineyard than it; if good in thine eyes, I give to thee silverits price.' 1 Kings 21:3 And Naboth saith unto Ahab, 'Far be it from me, by Jehovah, my giving the inheritance of my fathers to thee;' 1 Kings 21:4 and Ahab cometh in unto his house, sulky and wroth, because of the word that Naboth the Jezreelite hath spoken unto him when he saith, 'I do not give to thee the inheritance of my fathers,' and he lieth down on his bed, and turneth round his face, and hath not eaten bread.
Jezebel writing letters against Naboth, he is condemned of blasphemy.
1 Kings 21:5 And Jezebel his wife cometh in unto him, and speaketh unto him, 'What [is] this?thy spirit sulky, and thou art not eating bread!' 1 Kings 21:6 And he saith unto her, 'Because I speak unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and say to him, Give to me thy vineyard for money, or if thou desire, I give to thee a vineyard in its stead; and he saith, I do not give to thee my vineyard.' 1 Kings 21:7 And Jezebel his wife saith unto him, 'Thou now dost execute rule over Israel! rise, eat bread, and let thy heart be glad,I do give to thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.' 1 Kings 21:8 And she writeth letters in the name of Ahab, and sealeth with his seal, and sendeth the letters unto the elders, and unto the freemen, who are in his city, those dwelling with Naboth, 1 Kings 21:9 and she writeth in the letters, saying, 'Proclaim a fast, and cause Naboth to sit at the head of the people, 1 Kings 21:10 and cause two mensons of worthlessnessto sit over-against him, and they testify of him, saying, Thou hast blessed God and Melech; and they have brought him out, and stoned him, and he dieth.' 1 Kings 21:11 And the men of his city, the elders and the freemen who are dwelling in his city, do as Jezebel hath sent unto them, as written in the letters that she sent unto them, 1 Kings 21:12 they have proclaimed a fast, and caused Naboth to sit at the head of the people, 1 Kings 21:13 and two mensons of worthlessnesscome in, and sit over-against him, and the men of worthlessness testify of him, even Naboth, before the people, saying, 'Naboth blessed God and Melech;' and they take him out to the outside of the city, and stone him with stones, and he dieth; 1 Kings 21:14 and they send unto Jezebel, saying, 'Naboth was stoned, and is dead.'
Ahab taketh possession of the vinyard.
1 Kings 21:15 And it cometh to pass, at Jezebel's hearing that Naboth hath been stoned, and is dead, that Jezebel saith unto Ahab, 'Rise, possess the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, that he refused to give to thee for money, for Naboth is not alive but dead.' 1 Kings 21:16 And it cometh to pass, at Ahab's hearing that Naboth is dead, that Ahab riseth to go down unto the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to possess it.
Elijah denounceth judgments against Ahab and Jezebel.
1 Kings 21:17 And the word of Jehovah is unto Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 1 Kings 21:18 'Rise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who [is] in Samaria,lo, in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he hath gone down to possess it, 1 Kings 21:19 and thou hast spoken unto him, saying, Thus said Jehovah, Hast thou murdered, and also possessed? and thou hast spoken unto him, saying, Thus said Jehovah, In the place where the dogs licked the blood of Naboth, do the dogs lick thy blood, even thine.' 1 Kings 21:20 And Ahab saith unto Elijah, 'Hast thou found me, O mine enemy?' and he saith, 'I have foundbecause of thy selling thyself to do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah; 1 Kings 21:21 lo, I am bringing in unto thee evil, and have taken away thy posterity, and cut off to Ahab those sitting on the wall, and restrained, and left, in Israel, 1 Kings 21:22 and given up thy house like the house of Jeroboam son of Nebat, and like the house of Baasha son of Ahijah, for the provocation with which thou hast provoked [Me], and dost cause Israel to sin. 1 Kings 21:23 'And also of Jezebel hath Jehovah spoken, saying, The dogs do eat Jezebel in the bulwark of Jezreel; 1 Kings 21:24 him who dieth of Ahab in a city do the dogs eat, and him who dieth in a field do fowl of the heavens eat;
Wicked Ahab repenting, God deferreth the judgment.
1 Kings 21:25 surely there hath none been like Ahab, who sold himself to do the evil thing in the eyes of Jehovah, whom Jezebel his wife hath moved, 1 Kings 21:26 and he doth very abominably to go after the idols, according to all that the Amorite did whom Jehovah dispossessed from the presence of the sons of Israel.' 1 Kings 21:27 And it cometh to pass, at Ahab's hearing these words, that he rendeth his garments, and putteth sackcloth on his flesh, and fasteth, and lieth in sackcloth, and goeth gently. 1 Kings 21:28 And the word of Jehovah is unto Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 1 Kings 21:29 'Hast thou seen that Ahab hath been humbled before Me? because that he hath been humbled before Me, I bring not in the evil in his days; in the days of his son I bring in the evil on his house.'